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New guidance on safe movement of trains

HSE InfoLine : 02 February, 2004  (Company News)
The Health and Safety Executive has published a new volume of its Railway Safety Principles and Guidance series. The guidance was developed by industry experts and will help in the development of safety cases and railway standards. It is aimed mainly at those responsible for safe train movements, particularly those working for infrastructure controllers, and train and station operators.
The Health and Safety Executive has published a new volume of its Railway Safety Principles and Guidance series. The guidance was developed by industry experts and will help in the development of safety cases and railway standards. It is aimed mainly at those responsible for safe train movements, particularly those working for infrastructure controllers, and train and station operators.

'Safe movement of trains' sets out essential principles and guidance regarding operational aspects of rail safety. It deals specifically with the risks affecting the movement of trains, such as collisions between trains or with obstructions on the line. It also includes guidance on the wider aspects of the carriage of dangerous goods by rail and on the operational aspects of evacuation and escape from trains in an emergency.

Dr Allan Sefton, HSE's Director of Rail Safety said: 'This guidance will help develop operational rules and standards and aid the training of personnel in safe railway operations. It will also be of value to those assembling evidence for railway safety cases on how train operations will be safely managed.'
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